‘Blue Bloods’ Hires Sebastian Sozzi and More Casting News

Jamie Reagan is getting a new partner.

Sebastian Sozzi (My Generation) will recur as Vinny Cruz, Reagan’s new partner. Cruz is described as a fast-talking, charismatic cop from a tough precinct. Sozzi will debut on “Blue Bloods” Oct. 5.

Meanwhile, Michael Madsen will guest-star as John, a professional criminal who was just released from prison. Madsen is set to guest-star on “Blue Bloods” Friday, Oct. 5.

CBS Fall Premiere Dates Revealed

According to EW, Peter Herman has been cast as Erin’s ex. Jack Boyle appearance will cause a stir for Nicky, Erin and the Reagan family. Herman will appear in the third episode of the upcoming season.

More casting news…

TVLine reports Melissa Benoist (Homeland) and Becca Tobin will recur as freshmen on “Glee”‘s upcoming season. Benoist will play Marley and Tobin will recur as Kitty.

Dean Geyer and Jacob Artist Join ‘Glee

Matt Lauria (Friday Night Lights) will join NBC drama “Parenthood” in a recurring role. The “FNL” alum will play a soldier returning from Afghanistan who finds a friend in fellow war veteran Zeek (Craig T. Nelson). [TVLine]

Ray Romano to Join ‘Parenthood’

Chris O’Donnell, LL Cool J, Daniela Ruah and Eric Christian Olsen real-life mothers will appear in an episode of “NCIS: Los Angeles.”

Josh Stamberg will guest-star on “Criminal Minds.” Stamberg is set to appear in season 8′s third episode, “Through the Looking Glass.”

Jim O’Heir (Parks and Recreation) will guest star in the season premiere of “The Mentalist” as a hotel manager.

‘Game of Thrones’: 14 Roles Join the Series

Iwan Rheon (Misfits) will be playing Boy on the upcoming season of “Game of Thrones.” [Huff Post TV]

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CBS Cancels ‘3’

CBS has pulled the plug on “3.”

“3” which premiered Thurs., after “Big Brother” has been cancelled. The dating series previewed Thurs., but moved to its timeslot on Sun., with a rating of 1.7 million viewers and a 0.5 rating in the adults 18-49 demo.

The show followed three very different single women – April Francis, Rachel Harley and Libby Lopez — who were looking for true love.

CBS will air repeats of “The Good Wife” Sundays at 9 p.m. beginning next week.

‘Braxton Family Values’ Renewed, ‘Tamar & Vince’ Premiere Date Revealed

“Braxtons Family Values” and “Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?” have been renewed by We tv.

The “Braxtons” will return for a third season in 2013. The reality show which follows the Braxtons sisters- Toni, Towanda, Trina, Traci, and Tamar- and their mom, Evelyn will launch a spin-off reality series called “Tamar and Vince” Thurs., Sept., 20 at 10 p.m. ET. The spin-off will follow the youngest and outspoken sister, Tamar and her husband music producer, Vince Herbert.

‘Braxton Family Values’ Season 3 Sneak Peek [Video]

Also renewed by We tv on Tuesday are “Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?” and “Mary Mary.” “Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?” follows mother and daughter Joan as she meddles in her daughter’s life. Meanwhile “Mary Mary” follows gospel singers and sisters Erica and Tina Campbell. The second season of “Mary Mary” is set to debut Thursday, Dec., 13 at 9 p.m. ET.

“We’re thrilled to bring our loyal and engaged viewers new seasons of their favorite shows featuring some of the biggest and best personalities in reality TV,” said Lauren Gellert, WE tv’s senior vice president, original production & development. “Our growing slate of originals is a nod to both our roots as the original home of wedding programming and our evolution into a new TV genre that showcases the dynamic relationships between women and their families.”

Drake, Rihanna Lead the VMA Nominations

Rihanna and Drake lead the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards with five nomination each.

Rihanna picks up nods for “Best Female Video,” “Best Choreography,” “Best Visual Effects,” “Best Pop Video” and “Video of the Year” for “We Found Love” and “Take Care.” While Drake gets nominated for “Video of the Year,” “Best Hip Hop Video,” “Best Male Video,” “Best Art Direction” and “Best Cinematography.”

Katy Perry, meanwhile, received four nods this year, with Beyonce, Coldplay, Frank Ocean, M.I.A., and the Jay-Z/Kanye West collaboration, Watch the Throne, each landing three.

Meanwhile, Duck Sauce, Calvin Harris, Skrillex, Martin Solveig, Avicii will battle it out in a new category: Best Electronic Dance Music Video.

Alicia Keys, Pink and pop group One Direction are set to perform at the VMA, which airs live Sept., 6 at 8/7c on MTV.

[Update] Kevin Hart will host the VMA for the first time.

Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Green Day and Frank Ocean are also schedule to hit the stage.

The full List of VMA Nominees:

Video of the Year
Katy Perry, “Wide Awake”
Gotye, “Somebody That I Used To Know”
Rihanna, “We Found Love”
Drake feat. Rihanna, “Take Care”
M.I.A., “Bad Girls”

Best New Artist
Fun. feat. Janelle Monae, “We Are Young”
Carly Rae Jepsen, “Call Me Maybe”
Frank Ocean, “Swim Good”
One Direction, “What Makes You Beautiful”
The Wanted, “Glad You Came”

Best Hip-Hop Video
Childish Gambino, “Heartbeat”
Drake feat. Lil Wayne, “HYFR”
Kanye West feat. Pusha T, Big Sean & 2 Chainz, “Mercy”
Watch the Throne, “Paris”
Nicki Minaj feat. 2 Chainz, “Beez in the Trap”

Best Male Video
Justin Bieber, “Boyfriend”
Frank Ocean, “Swim Good”
Drake feat. Rihanna, “Take Care”
Chris Brown, “Turn Up the Music”
Usher, “Climax”

Best Female Video
Rihanna, “We Found Love”
Katy Perry, “Part of Me”
Beyoncé, “Love on Top”
Nicki Minaj, “Starships”
Selena Gomez & The Scene, “Love You Like a Love Song”

Best Pop Video
One Direction, “What Makes You Beautiful”
Fun. feat. Janelle Monae, “We Are Young”
Rihanna, “We Found Love”
Justin Bieber, “Boyfriend”
Maroon 5 feat. Wiz Khalifa, “Payphone”

Best Rock Video
Coldplay, “Paradise”
The Black Keys, “Lonely Boy”
Linkin Park, “Burn It Down”
Jack White, “Sixteen Saltines”
Imagine Dragons, “It’s Time”

Best Electronic Dance Music Video
Duck Sauce, “Big Bad Wolf”
Calvin Harris, “Feel So Close”
Skrillex, “First of the Year (Equinox)”
Martin Solveig, “The Night Out”
Avicii, “Le7els”

Best Video With a Message
Demi Lovato, “Skyscraper”
Rise Against, “Ballad of Hollis Brown”
Kelly Clarkson, “Dark Side”
Gym Class Heroes, “The Fighter”
K’Naan feat. Nelly Furtado, “Is Anybody Out There?”
Lil Wayne, “How to Love”

Best Art Direction
Katy Perry, “Wide Awake”
Drake feat. Rihanna, “Take Care”
Lana Del Rey, “Born to Die”
Regina Spektor, “All the Rowboats”
Of Monsters & Men, “Little Talks”

Best Choreography
Chris Brown, “Turn Up the Music”
Rihanna, “Where Have You Been”
Beyoncé, “Countdown”
Avicii, “Le7els”
Jennifer Lopez f/Pitbull, “Dance Again”

Best Cinematography
M.I.A., “Bad Girls”
Adele, “Someone Like You”
Drake feat. Rihanna, “Take Care”
Coldplay feat. Rihanna, “Princess of China”
Lana Del Rey, “Born to Die”

Best Direction
M.I.A., “Bad Girls”
Duck Sauce, “Big Bad Wolf”
Coldplay feat. Rihanna, “Princess of China”
Frank Ocean, “Swim Good”
Watch the Throne, “Otis”

Best Editing
Beyoncé, “Countdown”
A$AP Rocky, “Goldie”
Gotye, “Somebody That I Used to Know”
Watch the Throne, “Paris”
Kanye West feat. Pusha T, Big Sean and 2 Chainz, “Mercy”

Best Visual Effects
Katy Perry, “Wide Awake”
Rihanna, “Where Have You Been”
David Guetta feat. Nicki Minaj, “Turn Me On”
Linkin Park, “Burn It Down”

To vote visit MTV.com.

‘The Big C’ Renewed For a Final Season, ‘Borgias’ will ‘likely’ End After Season 4, and More!

“The Big C” has been renewed for a fourth and final season by Showtime. The series starring Laura Linney will wrap up the show with four one-hour episodes.

Showtime president David Nevins confirmed the renewal Monday at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour in Beverly Hills.

The series finale is expected to air Sept. 16.

Below are some highlights from Showtime’s TCA sessions…

“Weeds” will end with a two-part series finale on September 16. David Nevins said he has read the series finale script and says it “answers a lot of questions. Mary-Louise Parker told critics, “I think it’s [“Weeds” finale] beautiful. I cried when I read it.”

The 64th Primetime Emmy Nominees Are….

“Inside Comedy” was renewed for a season of 10 episodes. The second season guest-stars includes Ben Stiller, Tina Fey, Judd Apatow, Will Ferrell and Albert Brooks.

As for “Dexter,” Nevins stated the series ending after Season 8 is “the likely scenario, [but] plans can always change. Everything has gotten rewired this [upcoming season] given that Deb has to deal with who her brother is. Everything changes… Every scene is fraught because you’re wondering what is she going to do. What does he think she’s going to do.”

‘Dexter’ Season 7: Watch the First Two Minutes of the Premiere [Video].

Nevins also says it is “likely” “Borgias” will conclude after its fourth season.

What about “Episodes” you ask? Nevins said, “I’m expecting “Episodes” to come back.”

TCA Awards: ‘Homeland,’ ‘Louie’ Win Big at TCA Awards.

As for “Homeland” fate, “anybody could go at any time,” teased David Nevins. Showtime president added fans will “understand the trajectory” of “Homeland‘”s second season by the end of the second episode.

‘Scandal’ Season 2 Scoop: Who is Quinn Perkins? Is There a Baby on Board? and More

ABC’s freshman series ‘Scandal‘ left fans with a cliff-hanger: who is Quinn Perkins? Showrunner, Shonda Rhimes says the next season of 13 episodes will answer that question and more. Here are some information to tie you over till Sept. 27 when “Scandal” season 2 premieres.

  • Shonda Rhimes promises fans will find out who Quinn Perkins is in the first episode of the second season, and “why is Quinn Perkins who she is and what happened to make her that way.” There will be flashbacks that explains Quinn’s history, Katie Lowes told THR.

Henry Ian Cusick exists ‘Scandal,’ Joshua Malina & Bellamy Young Promoted.

  • Tony Goldwyn (President Fitzgerald Grant) assured EW, that he is still in love with Olivia even though he was blindsided by Mellie’s plan to resolve the sex scandal. “Fitz is totally heartbroken and, I think, betrayed, …when you’re in love with somebody in the way he’s in love with Olivia, you can never get rid of that…. That magnetic pull will certainly bring them together in some way — and I don’t know how yet.”
  • Goldwyn also informed EW, that fans will see a stronger leader in Fitz. Grant has become “a soldier for the job. He has acknowledged to himself that he’s here for a higher purpose and his personal happiness and his personal relationships are irrelevant. He hardens himself and puts all of his focus on serving the people and being the best president he can be.”
  • Huck (Guillermo Diaz) ‘s past will also be explored in flashbacks. Diaz told THR, his past will “just blow people’s minds.”
  • Fans will find out more about FLOTUS in the season premiere. Bellamy Young told THR, “Mellie [her character] wants to be president down the road, she wants eight years with Fitz, four years off then she wants to run.”

‘Scandal’ Scoop: Bellamy Young Becomes a Series Regular.

  • Will there be a baby in season 2? No word yet on that end, given the lie Mellie told the press, in order to save Fitz’s presidency. Goldwyn mentioned to EW,“the impending child is an issue. I literally can’t say anything, but it’s a factor on the show. It’s a point of contention.”

ABC’s “Scandal” returns Thurs., Sept 27 on at 10/9c.

TCA Awards: ‘Homeland,’ ‘Louie’ Win Big at TCA Awards

Last night Showtime’s ‘Homeland” and FX’s “Louie” won big at the Television Critics Awards.

“Louie” which was renewed for a fourth season yesterday, won the best comedy and Louis C.K. won the individual achievement in comedy. While Showtime’s freshman drama, “Homeland” took home the outstanding new program, and Claire Danes picked up the individual achievement in drama.

FX Renews ‘Louie,’ Orders More Russell Brand, & Martin Sheen to Join ‘Anger Management’.

Meanwhile, “Cheers” picked up the Heritage Award and “Game of Thrones” took home the program of the year.

Here is the list of winners:

Individual Achievement in Drama: Claire Danes (“Homeland,” Showtime)

Individual Achievement in Comedy: Louis C.K. (“Louie,” FX)

Outstanding Achievement in News and Information: “60 Minutes” (CBS)

Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming: “So You Think You Can Dance” (Fox)

Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming: “Switched at Birth” (ABC Family)

Outstanding New Program: “Homeland” (Showtime)

Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials: “Masterpiece: Downton Abbey” (PBS)

Outstanding Achievement in Drama: “Breaking Bad” (AMC)

Outstanding Achievement in Comedy: “Louie” (FX)

Career Achievement Award: David Letterman

Heritage Award: “Cheers”

Program of the Year: “Game of Thrones” (HBO)

Weekly TV News: ‘SOA’ to End After Season Seven, Sharon Osbourne Leaving ‘AGT’ and More

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Kurt Sutter, the creator of “Sons of Anarchy” revealed today that, “SOA” will end after its seventh season. THR

What happened to the “24” movie you ask? According to Kiefer Sutherland, the movie will shoot next summer. “We didn’t have a script ready for [filming] until very close to the end of ‘Touch,’” Kiefer said at Fox’s Television Critics Association party. Huff Post TV

Is “America Got Talent” judge, Sharon Osbourne leaving “AGT”? According to this tweet, Osbourne said , she is not returning to the show not because of money but because of something else. However, Tuesday, at the Television Critics Association NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt said the announcement was unexpected. “This is coming out of context and sort of spontaneously, and we don’t even know what’s going on. And it’s probably much ado about nothing,” Greenblatt said.

NBC has picked up a new series called, “Dracula.” The series is based on Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula. Jonathan Rhys Meyers has been cast to play the lead role. Get more deets about the show here.

NBC will roll out episodes of “Go On” (August 8) and “Animal Practice,” (August 12) commercial-free during the Olympics. While six-minutes of ‘Revolution” will air Sat., August 4 at 10:54 p.m. ET.

Kathy Griffins talk show “Kathy” has been renewed for a second season by Bravo.

“Big Rich Texas” has been renewed for a third season. A spin-off of the reality series, “Big Rich Georgia” has been picked by Style network.

Comedy Central’s late-night hosts, John Stewart and Stephen Colbert contracts have been extended. “The Daily Show” was extended through mid-2015, while Colbert’s new agreement is good through the end of 2014. EW

Style network will air CW’s soap drama, “Gossip Girl”  beginning Wed., August 15 at 8-11 p.m. ET.